First published in a limited edition in 1992, Partridge's Stoker-winning debut horror collection is something of a legend. This new incarnation includes the original seven stories, 11 more early tales and extensive authorial commentary in between selections. Partridge's later, more accomplished style can be seen developing, but even when dependent on a plot twist ("Save the Last Dance for Me") or an O. Henry ending ("The Baddest Son of a Bitch in Town"), these tales remain solid and entertaining. Others, like "Stackalee," still stand on their own merits but have been overshadowed by later work. Partridge's reminiscences and advice to writers are honest, measured and insightful. In a genre overburdened with self-serving advice, Partridge-a respected professional, despite relatively modest sales-delivers some truthful, needful messages without rancor or self-pity. Fiction and nonfiction combine to make a fine whole. Agent, Jimmy Vines. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.